Food, the connection with time and history.
I kneel on the chair to gain a better view of my mother’s hands.
Spoons full of flour, egg yolks the color of the sun at dusk, a pinch of salt
All fall into the earthenware bowl.
Deft hands move quickly, rhythmically.
There are no cups, no measurements, no written instructions,
simply time and memory.
The lore of creating pasta passed down from one generation to the next.
In watching my mother’s hands,
I see the hands of her mother, and the mother before,
and so on, and so on.
I am seeing history. Our history.
Food has a story to tell.
Food not only feeds are bodies, it nourishes our souls; it captures memories and moments; it stores centuries of history. My new book “Past & Present: History of the Foods We Eat, Recipes Inspired by the Stories” brings dozens of those stories to light. History buffs will enjoy the legends, cooks will appreciate the recipes that will create new memories.